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The North Pole Adventure

Christmas at the Railway 2024

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The North Pole Adventure

30th November to 24th December 2024

Get in the festive spirit at Nene Valley Railway with our brand new, never before seen Christmas Special… The North Pole Adventure!

Join us at Nene Valley Railway this Christmas and embark on the most magical journey around this festive season.

Start your journey in the Enchanted Forest with Bramble and discover whether you have made the good list this year.


Join Frostine, the winter fairy, who will guide you on your wondrous experience and help you to reach the North Pole.

Finally you will arrive at Father Christmas’s Workshop where Santa’s elves will ask for your help to make sure everything is ready this year for the big day.

After you have completed all your preparations, it is time to meet Santa himself along with Mrs Claus.  He will thank each of you and you will receive a gift early this year.

Finally, it is time to journey back home and Santa’s very favourite way to travel (other than sleigh) is by train, so board our festive carriages to transport you back in the most magnificent way possible whilst more of Santa’s elves will ensure your journey home is filled with Christmas Spirit.


Select from 3 check-in times prior to train departure and your ticket includes:

• A fully immersive festive experience with 14 professional actors playing our Christmas characters
• Journey through our autumn forest, snow frosted portal and Santa’s workshop
• Help the elves make toys in Santa's workshop (Children only)
• Meet Santa and Mrs Claus
• Receive a Christmas gift from Santa in his lodge (Children only, unwrapped)
• Round trip from Wansford Station, this will usually be a steam train, but could on occasion be a diesel
• On train entertainment
• Festive fun sheet
• The whole event is will last approximately one and a half to two hours

PLEASE NOTE: There is no food included as part of this event.  The buffet cars on the train will be open and you are welcome to bring your own food, we just ask that you take away your leftovers.  We are also working with our onsite franchised cafe to see what they can offer on a pre-order and collection basis.  Details will be added to the event page and emailed to those who have already booked once available.

Why not book a Festive Lounge?

Dates: 30th November, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 24th December 2024
You will need to select the late check in time to book the Festive Lounge

• Includes all of the above
• Your own private carriage for up to 16 people
• Your own personal elf, who meets you from check-in until you alight the train at the end of your experience
• Festive drinks box (random selection of soft & alcoholic drinks)
• The Festive Lounge also has full Wheelchair access

Accessibility coach

Our accessibility coach will be available 1st, 7th and 23rd December 2024.  Please call us on 01780 784444 to book.

Adult Standard Ticket £35.00
Child Standard Ticket (1 to 15 years old) £35.00
Child Standard Ticket (Under 1 years old) £5.00
Compartment (Up to 8 people) £225.00
Festive Lounge (Up to 16 people) £640.00

Also available:

• Photo opportunity Christmas Tree (outside Wansford)
• Gift shops (at Wansford)
• Cafe (at Wansford)
• 2x Bars serving on train refreshments


Booking information

Booking Information

• Please ensure you queue for your specified check-in time, as this is when your entertainment will begin
• Dogs (except for service dogs) are not allowed on the trains for this event, however we will be running a separate Santa Paws event for our doggy friends, details coming soon
• To be mindful of our carbon footprint and minimising Elf hours, all gifts from Santa will be unwrapped
• If you wish to be seated with another party, you must book as one booking
• Printed as well as eTickets will be dispatched in November.  This is to allow us time to ensure all seats have been allocated
Frequently asked questions
• Entertainment provided by Darling Princess Parties
• This is a brand new, never before seen Christmas Special
• For any booking amendments, there will be a £10 admin fee